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How to shoot fire video when there’s no fire? Set a fire!

The Oregon Youth Authority has a firefighting school at their facility in La Grande, OR. They wanted to let people know about the positive things they were doing with at-risk youth,

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and training them to be firefighters is a big part of that effort. They also wanted to let Federal and State agencies know they were available to help in the current fire season. Trouble was, there were no fires in the area for the few months after they decided to have Visual Thinking Northwest produce a video on the Riverbend Firefighting School. Finally, with the help of Oregon Department of Forestry, and a lot of careful preparation, OYA and ODF did a controlled burn for practice, and the resulting video came out pretty well.